ICE STATION ZERO
When a C-17 military cargo plane carrying the latest high tech weaponry is shot
down over the arctic, a seven man Marine TRAP team (Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and
Personnel) is sent in to rescue the personnel and technology. Trigger-happy team
commander Jim Hudson isn't happy about taking along tech advisor Laura Patrick to
remove the weaponry. It's hate at first sight. The extreme weather conditions make this a
difficult mission to begin with, and if they encounter enemy soldiers? The cargo plane's
route was top secret, who could have shot it down? The Russians? Chechnians? Al
Qaeda terrorists? Hudson expects a skirmish, and babysitting some female scientist is just
going to get in the way. Laura doesn't think much of the overly-macho Hudson, either.
On the way to the crash site, they encounter Russ Ernest, a Canadian Army
Ranger on Arctic patrol. The Rangers are nomadic Eskimos charged with protecting the
Northwest Passage from unauthorized US and Russian submarines. Hudson breaks Russ'
radio before he can alert the Canadian government of their presence. "He could be a
Russian spy." Hudson forces Russ to accompany them, over Laura's protests.
When they reach the crash site, they discover the plane was not downed by an
enemy missile, it was involved in a mid-air collision... with an alien spacecraft. They rescue
the injured C-17 crew and the alien pilot, but before they can retrieve the weaponry they
are attacked by a dozen camouflaged soldiers. Hudson and his team scramble for cover in
an Arctic weather station, leaving behind two members of the C-17 crew and the weapons.
Taking the alien pilot with them.
The enemy soldiers - an alien Search & Rescue Team sent to Earth to rescue their
pilot and recover the downed spacecraft. Heavily armed, able to blend with the frozen
surroundings, they have trapped Hudson, Laura and the TRAP team inside the remote Ice
Station Zero. Will they use the high tech weapon from the C-17 on them? Laura reveals
the warheads contain "the satan bug" - a biological weapon based on flesh-eating bacteria
that can strip a man to the bone in a matter of seconds. As conflicts within the group
escalate, the battle between *their* Rescue Team and *our* Rescue Team turns to all out
war. In the frozen Arctic wasteland the battle for survival of the species has begun.
ABSOLUTE ZERO is an edge-of-your-seat action thriller - "Blackhawk Down" meets
"The Thing" - the beginning of a new cold war!
ABSOLUTE ZERO - copyright 2005 by William C. Martell
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I've written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). I've been on some film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed my work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. I'm quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". My USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA. In 2007 I had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals.